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Level 4, 183 Wickham Terrace Brisbane QLD 4001
(1800) 217 217 Free case consultation

Selling your Home? Who Pays the Council Rates and Water Bill?

When selling your home, Buyers and Sellers often question who pays the council rates and the water bill. Solicitors will ensure adjustments are made at settlement so the council rates and water bills are paid by the appropriate party.    Council Rates When you sell your property you are required to pay council rates and […]

Selling your Home? Who Pays the Council Rates and Water Bill?

Selling your Home? Who Pays the Council Rates and Water Bill?

When selling your home, Buyers and Sellers often question who pays the council rates and the water bill. Solicitors will ensure adjustments are made at settlement so the council rates and water bills are paid by the appropriate party.   

Council RatesSelling your Home? Who Pays the Council Rates and Water Bill?

When you sell your property you are required to pay council rates and levies for the period you are the owner of that property. The settlement date for your sale will normally fall due during a particular rate period.  For example, the Council Rate Notice may be for the period 1 July – 30 September and the property is due to settle in August.

If this is the case, you are only required to pay the rates for the period you are the owner. The Buyer is then required to pay the rates for the remaining period for which they are the owner. The amount that each party is to pay is calculated by your solicitor and adjustments are made at settlement to ensure each party only pays the proportion they are required to pay.

Water Bill

Adjustments for water bills are calculated in a slightly different manner to the council rates when selling your home. As the Seller, you are required to pay for all the water used up to the settlement date. A special water meter reading is provided prior to settlement to confirm the current water usage for the property. From that search, your solicitors will ensure that an adjustment is made at settlement so that the seller pays for the current water usage.

Selling your home? Who pays adjustments?

There is also an adjustment made for the water and sewerage access fee. This is a fixed charge from your utility provider that contributes to the costs for collection, treatment, and disposal of water and sewerage from your property. This fee is adjusted in the same manner as the council rates and you are only required to pay the water and sewerage access fee for the period you are in the property.

If you have any questions about how council rates and water are adjusted or if you would like to discuss the process of selling your home with us, please contact Aylward Game Solicitors today on 1800 217 217.

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El Ka
El Ka

in the last week

Mark Kenney was great to work with during a recent property purchase. There were some complications to iron out along the way and he addressed them really proficiently and communicated well throughout. They are in a gorgeous historic building near the CBD with easy free parking out the back. (I'm not sure if there is wheelchair/lift access to their office, please check on that first if that is important to you.)

Jackson Elliott
Jackson Elliott

7 months ago

IAN FIELD is awesome at staying on top of things. All are very professional, kind, knowledgeable, and I've had nothing but pleasant experiences with this firm. I have recommended them to others and will continue to recommend their services. thanks

Mana S
Mana S

4 months ago

Worked with Mr Ian Field and Mrs Elise Foote as our mediators. Very disappointed with the service. The process lasted way more than expected and obviously we were charged much more than estimated. The delay caused much more stress rather than helping us to resolve the problem and they didn’t seem to feel responsible enough to care about it. They had many mistakes that we had to correct them which shows they didn’t spend enough time on it and even part of the job remained kind of unresolved and they kind of left me alone without caring about it. I would not recommend them at lest in family matter.

Anita Loader
Anita Loader

6 months ago

I wanted to pass on my thanks to all at Aylward Game, especially Mark Kenny, Shonae Morrison and Allyce Ardern, for all the assistance they have given over the past 6 weeks. As a very novice property purchaser, the professionalism, advice, hand holding, responsiveness and above all patience were so very much appreciated and made what could have been a very stressful time, a very easy process (well, for me at least, maybe not for them!) Who knows, if this venture goes well, it may not be the last they hear of me.... Apologies in advance! 😳

Lawrence Carneal
Lawrence Carneal

10 months ago

Not many firms can compete with the skill and performance that Aylward Game have - I am a very happy camper... fast turn around and diligent research on my property matter thanks to Mark Game.

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